Saturday, April 13, 2013
Goal Weight: 195
Goal BF%: 15%
Beginning weight 2013: 217.8
Beginning BF% 2013: 25%
This Week: 214.6@23%
(-03.2 & 2%) down
(-19.6 & 8%) to go
Ate a large lunch out yesterday. Next week will probably be close to 210 (probably 3-4 pounds).
I'm a few pounds from getting rid of my two largest pairs of jeans. They just don't fit right anymore. The pair of jeans that was the tightest wearable one now fits well. I'm consistently one notch tighter on my belt than three months ago.
We're making progress :)
- TD Out!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
OK, so despite a long 6-10 blog discussion with my motivation back at the end of 2011, Things did not go very well last year. To sum it up, 2012 was one of my worst years ever. And by "ever", I mean "ever ever" (*). One setback, annoyance, frustration after another
You name it. Things like:
- Eviction from apartment by landlord.
- Problems at work
- Unwanted friends making their untimely reappearance.
- Email account getting hacked and used for spam
- Christmas wishes from a quacking toy duck
With all of the stresses, my weight shot up from 199 in June to almost 220 by the end of the year.
Though it's been a struggle, last Saturday, I weighed in at 212.8. My exercise has been regular. I set some solid and attainable new years resolutions that I have been keeping to for the past 3 months. My exercise has been consistent and my eating, though, still a struggle, is more nutrient rich. So I can safely say, I'm back (**) on track to my goals.
For those of you who haven't met me yet, thanks for stopping by. My name is Trent. My goal is to reach 195 pounds and 15% body fat. I eat generally healthfully but tend to eat out too much and eat too much sugary foods. Vegetables have been a struggle, but I am addressing that.
This weekend, I will post my first weigh-in blog in a while.
Thanks (***) for reading.
- TD Out!
(*) Don't ask me why using the same word twice makes it more potent in expression. I really don't know (and by "really" I mean "really really")
(**) I don't make said statement lightly. I've seen many sparkfriends who haven't blogged or posted an update in the last 2-3 years. Their last update or blog title reads "I'm back"
(***) And by "Thanks", I mean "Thanks Thanks". OK maybe that one didn't work so well.
Friday, February 08, 2013
A dear sparkfriend, all of whom I love very much, asked me about blood pressure and water retention. My answer became very long-winded, so I decided to post it in exciting blog form.
There are tons of articles on SP and elsewhere I'm sure. Below is my experience
I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, so please respond to this with any corrections or other advice you might have.
My blood pressure went down BIG TIME when I lost the weight. When I was 250 pounds, eating out 2 times a day (mostly fast food and pizza) and only minimally exercising once or twice a week, my blood pressure was consistently 145/90 (give or take) I measured it every week at the gym.
Now that i exercise regularly and eat better, even having gained a few pounds back. I'm usually around 115/75. Maybe a bit more now, I should go to the drug store with the machine and check it.
I have a friend who is much smaller and leaner than I am and she deals with high blood pressure because she doesn't watch her sodium intake. She eats out a lot and uses a lot of high sodium seasonings and sauces for her food. Salt is a flavor enhancer, so it can be tough to let go.
Stress can be an issue as well. If you are constantly dealing with stress and anxiety, it can add numbers.
As a friend, I would recommend the following:
- Above all, meet with your doctor and talk with them about it. S/he either knows you or could ask the right questions about your lifestyle and advise you accordingly. If it's an actual independent/chronic condition (not a result of lifestyle choices), s/he could catch that. **Be really REALLY careful with this. I know someone who had a stroke. Not fun.**
- Focus on sodium intake. Start with the foods, seasonings and sauces you take in the most consistently and check the labels. Some of the numbers are surprisingly and staggeringly high. If it's a seasoning combo, check for where sodium/salt is on the ingredient list.
- Monitor your anxiety level. The highest BP reading I got was after an extremely stressful day at work. No exercise or sodium and I still hit 154/95 (This was when my readings were consistently 115/75)
Regarding Water Retention:
the only thing that I know of that causes it is sodium,**but I could be really off on this** (definitly check SP articles for this). When I used to weigh myself weekly, I knew that if I ate out the night before weigh-in, the scale was going to read 2 pounds higher than if I hadn't (I recorded my weight as the scale called it, but I knew that two pounds of it was water weight).
I don't know if water retention represents as much of a threat as high blood pressure. It may. I dunno. Your doctor or other Sparkies probably know more about this than I.
Hope that any of this helps.
- TD Out!
p.s. Again, please correct me or add anything else you know that might be helpful. thx.
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